Operating Department Practice

The BSc in Operating Department Practice will start from September 2016. Places are still available on the DipHE course, starting in September 2015 or April 2016.

UCAS codeDurationTypical Offer
n/a Three years BBC

This is for you if… you want to develop the underpinning knowledge and clinical practice skills to enable you to perform consistently, confidently and independently as a qualified Operating Department Practitioner.

About this course

The BSc in Operating Department Practice (ODP) gives students an unrivalled opportunity to gain a professionally accredited, academically rigorous qualification. The BSc in ODP is recognised as an eligible qualification to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council as an Operating Department Practitioner which entitles you to apply for employment positions as an ODP.

This course builds upon training courses that have been taking place in Leicester for many years and it combines academic and work-based learning as we believe that this is the best way to develop students who are well-equipped to meet the needs of future employers. You will be part of a professional group of learners who have opportunities open to them for lifelong learning in this field. This course will enable you to translate the philosophy of care into practice and become a safe, competent practitioner, working in multidisciplinary teams, accepting diverse roles and remaining aware of professional responsibilities

Registered Operating Department Practitioners provide high standards of patient care and skilled support alongside medical and nursing colleagues during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of perioperative period. Your role will involve the application of theory to practice in a variety of clinical settings.

The School of ODP was established in 1976 as a specialist Centre for the delivery of training within the Operating Department. The School works closely with a group of approved Parent Hospitals to ensure that all aspects of the programme provide the necessary educational opportunities for you. Your parent hospital ensures that you are provided with the necessary experience to develop your clinical skills and that you are exposed to the reality of employment.

Course structure

The programme is divided into 15 compulsory Modules of Study:

Year One

• Foundations of Operating Department Practice
• Foundations of Surgical Practice
• Foundations of Anaesthetic Practice
• Practice Development and Progression 1
• Portfolio in Foundations of Professional Practice

Year Two

• Specialist Clinical Practice
• Post Anaesthetic Clinical Practice
• Critical Care and non-elective Clinical Practice
• Practice Development and Progression 2
• Portfolio in the Development of Professional Practice

Year Three

• Advanced Clinical Practice
• Practice Development and Progression 3
• Clinical Leadership and Management
• Portfolio in Advanced Professional Practice
• A major project

Entry Requirements

280 UCAS points (usually BBC)

You must be eligible for an NHS Bursary and supported by an approved participating Parent Hospital.

Currently applicants should apply directly to the School of Operating Department Practice where they will be given the opportunity to select their preferred parent hospital. This is a full-time course and is not available on a part-time basis. Course costs are normally paid by Health Education East Midland.

All offers are subject to a satisfactory Health Clearance and DBS disclosure.

Why Leicester?

• We are consistently in the top three ODP schools in National Student Survey- indicating we have very satisfied students.
• 100% of our graduates are in employment – demand for OPDs is high.
• You will be taught by a dedicated team that have a significant level of experience of operating department management and clinical-based education.
• Our reputation is built on being an approachable and caring institution that is committed to the welfare of our students.

Fees and Funding

There are no course fees to pay. Course fees are commissioned/contracted by Health Education East Midlands.

Teaching and Learning

You will be taught through a variety of methods including lectures, small group work, supervised practice, self-study and reflective learning. We aim to help you integrate theory and practice and ensure that you develop personally as well as professionally. We adopt a progressive approach to learning so that your skills are acquired at an appropriate pace.

In addition, you will have regular meetings with your Personal Tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your Personal Tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Career Opportunities

Demand for Operating Department Practitioners is high. There are many opportunities for continuing employment, professional development and advancement within the NHS and the independent healthcare sector.

For more details, see Department of Medical and Social Care Education - Operating Department Practice

The University’s Career Development Service is here to help you, throughout your academic journey. They can offer advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering etc.  From the day you start through to graduation and beyond they will always be there to guide you towards your professional goals.

Opportunities to Visit and Further Information

Please feel free to contact us for further information and guidance in choosing our programme.

For details of open days and student information please contact:

School of Operating Department Practice
Department of Medical and Social Care Education,
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building
The University of Leicester, PO Box 138,
Leicester LE1 9HN
0116 2523045

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School of Operating Department Practice
Department of Medical and Social Care Education,
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building
The University of Leicester, P.O. Box 138,
Leicester LE1 9HN
0116 2523045

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